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Skin Care After Radiation Therapy

Due to the time needed for skin to heal after radiation treatment, it is important to continue the same skin care guidelines used during radiation therapy for approximately 2-4 weeks.

In addition, the following guidelines will assist in maintaining healthy skin:
  • Continue avoiding sun exposure to the radiation field as much as possible; this includes the front and back of the body that received treatment. You will need to use a sunscreen or sun block with at least SPF 30 or higher, when you can't avoid sun exposure. You will need to protect this area of the skin for at least the first year after treatment, due to it being made sensitive to the sun by the radiation.
  • For 1 - 2 months after radiation treatment, you will need to apply an unscented aloe-based or vitamin E based lotion or cream of your choice 2-3 times each day, to the area that was treated. The best way to seal in moisturizers is to apply lotions to damp (not wet) skin after bathing and then blotting dry. Of course, it is good for skin in general (all over the body) to apply a moisturizer on a daily basis.
  • Report any blisters or moist areas that develop in the radiation field to your doctor. Signs of infection include: redness, foul smelling drainage, pain at the site, heat to touch, yellow drainage or possible fever.
  • Increase your protein intake to assist the body in healing and drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. Maintain a well balanced diet overall.





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